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Jim Matsuoka Interview

Date: May 24, 2010
Location: Los Angeles, California
Videographer: Tani Ikeda
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1000-281
04:38:32
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Nisei male. Born July 27, 1935, in Los Angeles, Califonia. Grew up in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo neighborhood prior to World War II. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed with family to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. After leaving camp, returned to Los Angeles and attended school. Became involved in gang activity in L.A. in the 1950s. Served in the military from 1958 to 1960. Active in community social service organizations in Little Tokyo, and was one of the integral players in the redress movement.
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Family background: born in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo Segment 1 of 42 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Memories of Little Tokyo during the Great Depression Segment 2 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Childhood memories of neighborhood Segment 3 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Ethnic and class demographics of peers Segment 4 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Father's economic losses during mass removal Segment 5 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California The day of mass removal Segment 6 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Adapting to life in camp as a "city kid" Segment 7 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Remembering an unusual school assembly in camp Segment 8 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Getting in fights with Japanese Americans from Terminal Island Segment 9 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Kicked out of block in camp Segment 10 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Hearing about the Manzanar "riot" Segment 11 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Quarantined for chicken pox in camp Segment 12 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Leaving camp Segment 13 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Living in a trailer park after leaving camp Segment 14 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Recreational activities as a young person Segment 15 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Moving back to Los Angeles and attending school Segment 16 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Beginnings of involvement in gang culture Segment 17 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Formation of the Black Juans gang Segment 18 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Description of ally gangs Segment 19 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Gang rivalry: east side vs. west side Segment 20 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Obtaining guns Segment 21 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Becoming a gang leader Segment 22 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Joining the army as a way to escape gang culture Segment 23 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Description of Nisei female clubs Segment 24 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Stopping a fight which could have turned deadly Segment 25 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Being drafted and stationed in Arizona Segment 26 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California "Beating the system": effecting a transfer to Fort MacArthur, California Segment 27 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Interactions with WACs in the military Segment 28 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Working in the aerospace industry Segment 29 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Influence of the Civil Rights Movement Segment 30 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Helping to establish the Pioneer Center, providing social services for Issei Segment 31 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Starting a New Year's mochitsuki event for the community Segment 32 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Attending the 1969 Manzanar pilgrimage Segment 33 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Making a controversial speech at a Japanese American Citizens League meeting Segment 34 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Meeting future wife and getting married Segment 35 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Getting involved in community organizations Segment 36 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Protesting Los Angeles' Little Tokyo redevelopment Segment 37 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California The formation of the National Coalition for Redress/Reparations (NCRR) Segment 38 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Making a presentation at the house hearing during the redress effort Segment 39 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Strategies for obtaining redress Segment 40 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Los Angeles, California Reflections on redress Segment 41 of 42 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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